Homelessness is Down in Hollywood – Initiatives Backed by Former Councilmember Ryu Credited
Updated: Apr 29, 2021
According to an April 13 article in the Los Angeles Times, the unofficial count of the
unsheltered population conducted last year by a coalition of Hollywood businesses,
churches and nonprofit groups shows the number of people sleeping on Hollywood’s streets declined by 12%. The decrease reverses an upward trend of several years. The
article notes that while organizers did not have access to confidential data maintained by
the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, they speculated that project RoomKey, the
FEMA-funded program that housed thousands of vulnerable homeless people in hotels
last year, along with the opening of a new city Bridge Home Shelter on Riverside Drive
and 120 new units of permanent supportive housing were major factors.
Former CD 4 Councilmember David Ryu was a strong supporter of transitional housing
projects such as RoomKey and bridge housing.
Read the Los Angeles Times